end·​ing | \ˈen-diŋ \

Definition of ending 

: something that constitutes an end: such as

a : conclusion a movie with a happy ending

b : one or more letters or syllables added to a word base especially in inflection

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Examples of ending in a Sentence

I didn't like the book's ending. Common verb endings in English are “-s,” “-ed,” and “-ing.” You can often recognize an English adverb by its “-ly” ending.
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Today, Maisie Williams, who plays misunderstood middle child turned badass assassin Arya Stark on the hit series, shared a picture from her final day on set that miiiight have spoiled the ending of the show. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Maisie Williams Might Have Spoiled the End of 'Game of Thrones' With This Instagram Post," 7 July 2018 Spoilers: What does the wild ending of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' mean? Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' roars to $932M worldwide, repeats at No. 1," 1 July 2018 The script, a group effort by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari, is snappy, and the jokes keep coming, making Ant-Man and the Wasp a healing balm after the dark ending of May's Avengers: Infinity War. refinery29.com, "Ant-Man And The Wasp," 27 June 2018 Steve's return is an interesting development given the ending of last year's Wonder Woman. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wonder Woman 1984' Director Shares First Look at Kristen Wiig's Villain," 27 June 2018 The uncertainty resulted from the abrupt ending Wednesday of a White House policy that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents over the past several weeks. Washington Post, "Confusion and uncertainty at the border after Trump acts," 22 June 2018 Juneteenth celebrates the effective ending of slavery and is now marked by an official day of observance in many states, including Massachusetts. BostonGlobe.com, "At Juneteenth, black Bostonians celebrate identity, unity in spirited cookout," 16 June 2018 The ending of the video was set to a purple background, which has now been confirmed as the colour of the new kit. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans React to the Launch of Their New Away Kit," 13 June 2018 The rear-ending of Franceschi's vehicle and the capture of Quintero took about six minutes, the video shows. Carli Teproff, Charles Rabin, Rebecca Ellis And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Video shows wild chase down Florida's Turnpike after trooper's car hit intentionally," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ending

: the final part of something

: a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word


end·​ing | \ˈen-diŋ\

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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